Oct 22

Stuffed Kabocha Squash Bowls

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I haven’t made anything with kabocha since the Spiced Kabocha Shepherd’s Pie I made with my friend a couple years back, but to commemorate my living in a place with food options, I figured I’d get one again and attempt to make something cool with it.

As it turns out, my never-ending quest to use up all edible substances is a long and arduous task (partly because I’ve been somewhat lacking in inspiration), but I decided to do a “kitchen dump” recipe of sorts, and use whatever I had in my apartment and these happened!

stuffed kabocha squash bowls

The recipe is super versatile–you can pretty much throw in whatever you want to eat your kabocha with in here, so hooray for the perfect fall meal? :D? I had some hemp oil that I got from last year’s Choctoberfest and have been curious as to what that tastes like, so I figured I’d try using it in here!

Stuffed Kabocha Squash Bowls

stuffed kabocha squash bowls

Stuffed Kabocha Squash Bowls

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You'll Need...

  • 1 kabocha squash, cut in half + seeds removed
  • 1/4 yellow onion, diced
  • 1/4 cup mushrooms, diced
  • 1/4 cup baby carrots, chopped
  • 1/4 cup apples, diced
  • 1/4 cup multigrain stuffing with cranberries
  • 4 oz. extra firm tofu, cubed
  • 1 tbsp hemp oil
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • sprinkle of sea salt
  • sprinkle of freshly ground black pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Line baking sheet with aluminum foil.
  3. Cut kabocha squash in half. If they're wobbly, you can slice the rounded bottom off so it'll stand up straight. Arrange the halves cut-side-up onto the baking sheet.
  4. Add mixture of onions, mushrooms, carrots, apples, tofu, salt and pepper. Top each kabocha bowl with multigrain stuffing and drizzle with hemp oil.
  5. Bake for ~1 hour, or until tender.

Additional Notes

This would probably work with most autumn squashes! :]

Stuffed Kabocha Squash Bowls

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  1. Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine

    Look at all that Fall goodness!! Delicious, my friend!! “Edible” bowls are just the best 😉

    1. Farrah

      hehehe, I agree! I need to go get more kabocha! <3

  2. Susie @ SuzLyfe

    Love all of these fall flavors!
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    1. Farrah

      I’m sad that I ran out, haha. I need to make more! <3

  3. Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner

    What a fun idea for a bowl!
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    1. Farrah

      It was so good! :D!

  4. Sarah @ The Fit Cookie

    Great idea using the kabocha as a bowl! I actually haven’t tried kabocha squash yet, I haven’t seen it for sale in my area so I’d love to try it one of these days!

    1. Farrah

      I hope you find it (I’ve had the best luck at finding it in Asian grocery stores)! It’s one of my favorite types of squash! <3

  5. Kristy from Southern In Law

    Oooh these look so good! I want to sit down with one of these and a giant spoon and I’m pretty sure I’d be happier than a pig in mud!
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    1. Farrah

      I think you’d like em’! I need to go restock on kabocha because this is basically all I feel like eating this week, hahaha. :D!

  6. AZ@...And a Dash of Cinnamon

    I’ve never had kabocha squash before, but I’m a huge fan of squash so I don’t see why I wouldn’t like this one!
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    1. Farrah

      It’s delicious!!! 😀 It might be harder to find but I’ve had a lot of luck locating it in Asian/Mexican grocery stores!

  7. Julie @ Running in a Skirt

    My store doesn’t seem to have the kabocha squash… I need to search around for them! This looks amazing!
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    1. Farrah

      I don’t know if I remember seeing any Asian grocery stores around Asheville, but that’s where I’ve had the most luck with finding em’! :O

  8. Tara | Treble in the Kitchen

    Love that you used the squash as a bowl!! I have to try that!
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    1. Farrah

      I was really hungry, so I wanted to make something where I could eat the bowl too! ;P

  9. Mona

    These squash bowl looks soo delicious. Love all the fall colors and flavors. I use peppers for stuffing a lot but never squash. Def. going to try this!
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    1. Farrah

      Thanks, Mona! I’m all about the autumn squashes right now! *-*

  10. Lauren O'Connor

    This bowl looks like a perfect stuffing for Thanksgiving! And love that you used a squash for the bowl.
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    1. Farrah

      I’m definitely going to have to make it for friendsgiving this year! 😛

  11. Jessie

    Now THAT is clever … using kabocha for the actual bowl. Love the ingredients, too! A perfect Fall dish 🙂

    1. Farrah

      hehehe, thanks! I was hungry, so I wanted to be able to eat the bowl too! ;P

  12. Runaway Bridal Planner

    The name of this just sounds fun to say:)
    These look great, I really need to eat more squash for sure!!
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    1. Farrah

      I may or may not have lugged home 7 pounds of butternut squash + kabocha yesterday afternoon along with my laptop and a bunch of other miscellaneous groceries. Twas a fun 1-mile walk home, ahahaha.

  13. Courtney

    Oh my goodness– I am in love with everything about this recipe! Literally eating the bowl is just the cherry on top. 😉

    1. Farrah

      I just made some more last night! So excited for lunch today, hehehe. :D!

  14. Jess @hellotofit

    I’ve decided that I loooove apples in savory dishes! It adds such a sweet flavor and texture 🙂
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    1. Farrah

      Agreed! They’re one of my favorite fruits, so I love em’ in most things! 😛

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